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McCain Drills His Message Home

By Perry Bacon, Jr.
NEW ORLEANS -- Whether it's evangelicals, veterans or people who live along the coast, the message is the same.

"We should drill offshore and we should drill now," Sen. John McCain shouted to a crowd of several thousand at the convention for the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Monday afternoon in Orlando, inserting a a line that was not in the prepared remarks his aides had sent to reporters. "Congress should get off their five-week vacation and go to work for us."

McCain, in case you missed it, has shifted over the last few months from being skeptical of offshore drilling to becoming one of its most vocal proponents, touting the idea during a forum that focused on values issues at an evangelical church in Orange County and in a speech to the VFW that was otherwise all about foreign policy issues and improving services for veterans.

On Tuesday, he will illustrate this support in an even more visible way: taking a helicopter to a long-awaited stop on a oil rig about an hour from here on the Gulf Coast. He had scheduled a similar event last month but canceled, citing stormy weather, after a 600-foot oil tanker collided with a barge on the Mississippi River, creating a 12-mile oil slick.

In late July, the canceled stop seemed the latest sign of a campaign in trouble. But Democrats are now worried that Obama's advantage in the race is slipping. And McCain seems to have found an issue that polls wells, contrasts with his opponent and is easy to describe, if not a short-term solution to high gas prices: of-shore drilling.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 18, 2008; 11:07 PM ET
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What is wrong with people? They believe that the U.S. with it's comparative thimble full of oil reserves can set world crude prices? Why, because we're important? . Nice line Mccain is feeding the masses and they're obviously buying into it.Where have I seen this movie before? Oh yeah it was right before the eight year downturn of the American economy, reputation and millitary might in the world. Vote Mccain people. You deserve it.

Posted by: BDR | August 20, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I am curious why McCain's decisions to not pay home taxes for 5 years on one of this vacation homes. Is not talked about as an example of his ability to lead.

Posted by: john | August 19, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

HERE ARE MY SUMMARY THOUGHTS FOR SOUND BITES FROM THE SADDLEBACK CIVIL FORUM:

SENATOR OBAMA LOOKED LIKE HE WAS AUDITIONING FOR:
“EQUVICATOR IN CHIEF”

SENATOR MCCAIN LOOKED LIKE HE
WAS RUNNING FOR:
“COMMANDER IN CHIEF”

Posted by: ellisc007onMaui | August 19, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Vote for Paris! Her plan is the most logical out there.

Posted by: Debra | August 19, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain's plans go far beyond drill drill drill...
You Obamidiots need to realize that Obama is out to serve no one but himself. He is totally unprepared to do anything to help America. His ties to Islamic terrorists has been proven time and time again and Obama's books prove that he is a racist who hates his momma's race, just as his momma hates her own race.
Obama has been on anti-depressants most of his life and cocaine for the better part of his school years... He admits to rooming with a coke dealer.

WAKE UP people. McCain is a leader and more mentally active than the majority of us here. Esp you Democrats.

McCain 3R is an excellent economic energy plan.. Google it.
Then Google Obama's World Poverty Plan..
Obama needs to be tried for sedition as far as I am concerned.

Posted by: jlmeal | August 19, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

1 August 2008
RE: McCain Economic Energy Plan, Mealer Companies.

Dear Governor Napolitano,
As a constituent of yours here in Arizona, yet across the political spectrum as a Republican leaning conservative, I must compliment you on the excellent job you have done governing Arizona. We will miss you when you retire from office this year.

I am writing this letter to inform you of the strength Senator McCain will be able to bring to the USA when he is elected president. Arizona will benefit from McCain’s economic and energy plan as will America. I began calling this plan the 3R plan as the private sector has defined Senator McCain’s outline to Rethink, Reform and Reinvent the US economy while taking on a tremendous energy plan.

The goals include massive job training for thousands of new USA mfg companies while utilizing existing (thousands of) abandoned buildings for training and new mfg arenas. We expect to allow the current owners of these abandoned buildings to take full advantage of the existing tax breaks as they allow America to retrain and ultimately take-over their defunct buildings.
Americans demand more from themselves and from our struggling economy… We will create an incredible amount of new businesses and new jobs through this plan.

All of this while putting hundreds of thousands of people to work through support businesses (food, retail, housing, leisure, etc) while many more people will be furnished jobs during the building(s) transformation. This is a win-win situation and something more along the lines of Teddy Roosevelt… Who is, as we all know, one of John McCain’s political heroes.

Mealer Companies along with many other green auto mfg firms have automobiles that will replace fossil fuel powered vehicles. Of course, Mealer Companies is a mainly Arizona based, wholly Made In USA, automobile mfg who, in my opinion, will offer the most viable green-engineered vehicles and full power supply systems for home/office to the public.

We expect to have an incredible impact on the US economy, the ecology and eventually halt the need for crude oil as a power source.

Mealer Companies is currently being set-up for massive funding through a joint venture company while accessing added exposure from such Conservative celebrities as actor Stephen Baldwin and radio talk show host, Kevin McCullough. While no agreements have yet been made, we are seeking to gain both business partners and celebrity backing as we move into a new era of Change.

We expect to also gain celebrity insight, promotion and fan-based backing with other McCain supporters; Sylvester Stallone, Jon Voight, Tom Selleck, Lou Ferrigno, Dennis Miller, Roger Staubach and so many more sensible people as an added push into a massive McCain 3R economic-energy agenda.

We must replace the very rapidly lost fuel tax source before we replace fossil fuels. Through the McCain 3R plan, we have this opportunity and we expect to take it.

Please, accept my personal offer to further honor Arizona and America as you part your ways in politics, by helping to promote a stronger America through Mealer Companies and John McCain’s Economic Energy plans. I am not asking you to drop the endorsement of your fellow Democrat Senator Obama, but simply asking you to endorse a truly American plan for economic growth through USA mfg and energy independence.

Mealer Companies and everything I am telling you may be researched and proven to be true and legitimate through the contacts enclosed- which include the City Government of Show Low, Arizona, the Arizona State Department of Commerce, Homeland Security, my lawyer, my excellent, personal and business references and the joint venture company itself.

Sincerely,
John Lewis Mealer
Founding President Mealer Companies

www.betterconstructed.com (original investor site)
www.mealercompanies.com (parked domain)

Posted by: jlmeal | August 19, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

"Drill, surge, drill, surge, drill, surge."

When is the corporate media going to wake up and call the old codger out on this nonsense?

The facts are that George Bush's relaxing the executive branch's restriction on offshore oil drilling had nothing to do with the price dropping. It would take years to open those expensive fields and would only serve to raise the price of oil since it costs billions to set up the mammoth rigs and is environmentally dangerous. Oil prices went down because the speculators artificially drove the market up, and when they took their profits, the price went back down. The Bush and McCain corporate interests made their quick money, and now the price is stabilizing to help McCain's chances in the fall election.

As far as McCain's beloved "Surge," just what have we accomplished? Baghdad, despite the news media failure to cover the story, is still the most dangerous place in the world.

The basic infrastructure of the city has been largely destroyed, there is no electricity or running water in many parts of it, and our troops cannot venture out of the Green Zone without the use of armored vehicles and air support. Just what are we "winning?"

We are spending over two billion dollars a week in a civil war in a far off place with no end in sight. I guess the old man is just going to declare victory and bring the troops home in a hundred years.

Don't be fooled by this pathetic attempt to avoid talking about our economy. John McCain has no solutions- and really no intentions of changing the flawed Bush domestic policies. His wife is worth over 600 million dollars, has several private jets, and ten homes- and he calling his opponent an elitist?

Don't be fooled again " My friends."

Posted by: Phillip Byers | August 19, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The price of oil began to drop when Obama called on the President to release oil from our strategic reserve. Or perhaps the manipulators the Republicans are protecting have decided to bring it down in time for the election, as Goldman Sachs did for the president in 2006. Goldman Sachs has an energy index whose composition is copied by many energy funds. In the summer of 20006 they decided to eliminate a big part of the gasoline futures part of the index. All the mutual fund companies copying the index had to sell their investments in gasoline futures, dumping a huge amount of gasoline on the market as the election approached. In my area, prices bottomed a week before the election, and started back up 2 days after. They went up nonstop until the last month.

If what we want for our country is true energy security, we need to emphasize solar, wind, and geothermal. With a concerted effort, a lot of progress can be made in the 7 to 10 years it will take to get any oil from the drilling the Republicans advocate. They do our country a great disservice by continuing to emphasize oil, for which we will always be dependent on unstable allies.

Posted by: Roger47 | August 19, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"Congress should get off their five-week vacation and go to work for us."

And how long has your vacation been, McCain? You don't even show up to vote on anything any more INCLUDING the latest energy bill. What a fraud.

Posted by: BB | August 19, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

They figured out a long time ago Mccain can't campaign and also do the job he was elected to do. They have had him on a 4 day work week for months and none of his senatorial duties. The old man is not up to it. They are doing the best they can to keep him going so they can make it to November. There is no way he is fit for the office of president. The republicans could care less anyway, Mccain can drop dead as far as they are concerned after November. He will have served his purpose. This is all academic anyway because there is no chance he can win.

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"We should drill offshore and we should drill now,"
REALLY? FOR WHAT PURPOSE AND WHEN WILL IT LOWER PRICES, AND FOR WHOM? WHERE TO DRILL? OFF THE COAST OF ARIZONA? WHAT ABOUT DRILLING IN THE MILLIONS OF ACRES ALREADY LEASED? WHO WILL PROFIT FROM THE OIL? IS THIS ANYTHING MORE THAN A MEANINGLESS SOUND BITE?

"Congress should get off their five-week vacation and go to work for us."
WELL, JOHN, WHEN IS THE LAST TO YOU WENT TO CONGRESS TO WORK?

WE AMERICANS DESERVE MORE THAN SIMPLE-MINDED HYPOCRISY.

Posted by: michael4 | August 19, 2008 1:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame to think how many Americans are dumb enough to still fall for this schtick. But heck, he's a war hero.

Posted by: jb | August 19, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"We should drill offshore and we should drill now,"
REALLY? FOR WHAT PURPOSE AND WHEN WILL IT LOWER PRICES, AND FOR WHOM? WHERE TO DRILL? OFF THE COAST OF ARIZONA? WHAT ABOUT DRILLING IN THE MILLIONS OF ACRES ALREADY LEASED? WHO WILL PROFIT FROM THE OIL? IS THIS ANYTHING MORE THAN A MEANINGLESS SOUND BITE?

"Congress should get off their five-week vacation and go to work for us."
WELL, JOHN, WHEN IS THE LAST TO YOU WENT TO CONGRESS TO WORK?

WE AMERICANS DESERVE MORE THAN SIMPLE-MINDED HYPOCRISY.

Posted by: michael4 | August 19, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Since Pres. Bush lifted the moratorium on drilling and the Republicans began their protest in Congress, I have been happier and more contnet in life. I see pretty hummingbirds and butterflies drinking the sweet nectar of God from each flower, a light shines on my from on high, and all my worries have left me forever. God bless the GOP.

Posted by: Peter Pumpkin Head, MO | August 19, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

If this blog is any indication it is scary just how little the Mccain supporters know about anything. They are either lying, blindly following, never questioning, to lazy to even do any independent research, or the worst part, that dumb.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

12 billion fewer miles driven just by Americans this month. Wait till the winter though.
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So, Gary, if the Republicans are responsible for the recent drop in oil prices, I guess that means they are also responsible for the run up from $28 to almost $150 a barrel since Bush took office, right? Even with the recent drop, we are talking a 400% increase during the Republican Reign. Nothing much to brag about there.

Throw in that economists almost universally agree that the current decline is a temporary dip caused by a near-recessionary global economy, and it looks like you are, ahem, "shockingly ignorant of the market dynamics of oil prices."

Republican economics: We can bring the cost of oil down -- by first grossly increasing it and then throwing the country into a recession! Kudos to us! Don't you want a little more of the same? We can probably get the price to drop from $300 to $250 a barrel -- a 17% decrease! -- if you give us a few more years in charge.

Cripes. Are we sure the Republican Party wasn't actually founded by P.T. Barnum?

Posted by: drossless | August 19, 2008 12:40 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

That was a perfect explanation 101. Thanks

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It appears Gary has bought into the lie that George Bush’s and the Republican ranting has brought down the price of oil. Those who buy and sell oil futures are not so silly to believe the prospect of drilling for oil 5 years from now will effect the price of oil today.
What we are seeing is profit taking in the face of reduced demand from a weak economy. Reduced demand for gas from consumers means a reduced demand for oil from refiners. Those holding contracts will sell before the price drops below the purchase price, or in the case of the older contracts, before the delivery date.
The other big lie; EXXON is an OIL Company. They are a GAS Company. EXXON buys oil and sells gas. As probably the largest purchaser of oil, if they reduce their purchasing of oil the price will fall.
Lastly, the price of oil is falling now but it will not reach to its low of last year before it starts to climb again. When it does the peak will exceed what we saw earlier this summer. Probably $150 a barrel or higher.
Posted by: GabsDad | August 19, 2008 12:16 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

So, Gary, if the Republicans are responsible for the recent drop in oil prices, I guess that means they are also responsible for the run up from $28 to almost $150 a barrel since Bush took office, right? Even with the recent drop, we are talking a 400% increase during the Republican Reign. Nothing much to brag about there.

Throw in that economists almost universally agree that the current decline is a temporary dip caused by a near-recessionary global economy, and it looks like you are, ahem, "shockingly ignorant of the market dynamics of oil prices."

Republican economics: We can bring the cost of oil down -- by first grossly increasing it and then throwing the country into a recession! Kudos to us! Don't you want a little more of the same? We can probably get the price to drop from $300 to $250 a barrel -- a 17% decrease! -- if you give us a few more years in charge.

Cripes. Are we sure the Republican Party wasn't actually founded by P.T. Barnum?

Posted by: drossless | August 19, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

It appears Gary has bought into the lie that George Bush’s and the Republican ranting has brought down the price of oil. Those who buy and sell oil futures are not so silly to believe the prospect of drilling for oil 5 years from now will effect the price of oil today.
What we are seeing is profit taking in the face of reduced demand from a weak economy. Reduced demand for gas from consumers means a reduced demand for oil from refiners. Those holding contracts will sell before the price drops below the purchase price, or in the case of the older contracts, before the delivery date.
The other big lie; EXXON is an OIL Company. They are a GAS Company. EXXON buys oil and sells gas. As probably the largest purchaser of oil, if they reduce their purchasing of oil the price will fall.
Lastly, the price of oil is falling now but it will not reach to its low of last year before it starts to climb again. When it does the peak will exceed what we saw earlier this summer. Probably $150 a barrel or higher.

Posted by: GabsDad | August 19, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Their will never be a real debate. Because who ever moderate these up coming debates I gaurantee you they will be got you debates. The moderators will republicans or
democrats who wanted Hillary elected. Can't you see it people.They do not want an educated, brilliant, blackman as president. They few do not want to give up the power. They do not want the american people to take their government back. If that
happens the wealth will be distributed.The rich do not want that to happen.It is up to the American people to take our government back. Obama cannot do it alone.
Let's not let OBAMA down. He is our answer people.

Posted by: tygirl | August 19, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what sweet nothings McCain whispers to Cindy in the heat of the night...Drill here Drill now??

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Who is going to drill for oil that will cost more to get then they can sell it for? Unless the price for gas is at least $5.00 a gallon, and that is todays dollars, they can't even break out even. They are making record profits now without having to spend billions drilling new oil and that is what it will cost, many billions. They don't even have oil platforms to drill. There are only three companies in the world that builds oil platforms and the waiting list is over 5 years now. One platform cost a billion dollar today and going up. This whole discussion is geared for people who "KNOW NOTHING" and are to "STUPID" to even do any independent research to find they are being lied to. But then again the republicans know that people are stupid. They have built their whole campaign on the basis the american people are not very smart and will follow who ever tells them what they want to hear. You don't really know what to say after a while. it is like trying to explain the workings of an internal combustion engine to your dog. He sits there and listens but he still has no idea what the hell you are talking about.

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Obama and his supporters are shockingly ignorant of the market dynamics of oil prices. Since Pres. Bush lifted the moratorium on drilling and the Republicans began their protest in Congress, oil prices have dropped by $35/barrel. The commodities market clearly sees the writing on the wall as both Obama and Nancy Pelosi are cracking under the pressure. It's only a matter of time before offshore drilling is a reality, and the oil market has already responded!

Posted by: Gary | August 19, 2008 1:59 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

The oil is only worth going after when the price is like $150, to $200. a barrel. According to the experts it will cost over $100 a barrel just to get it. It is a catch-22. It will not reduce the price of gas, quite the contrary the new oil will be so expensive to get it will actually cost much more then today. All it would do is give us a little more oil independence but unless the government wants to go into the oil business, no private oil company is spending one dime looking for or drilling new oil. It is simple math. You can't drill oil that will cost more to get then it can be sold for.
This entire argument must be geared for people so simple minded they can't think what so ever. I can't imagine who they think is so stupid as to believe it.
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McCain, having convinced American's that selling more leases for offshore drilling will solve the energy crisis (even though there are no rigs to do said drilling and the oil companies already HAVE existing contracts that they've not explored and any meager price reductions will be fleeting and not materialize for close to a decade) John McCain is stepping up efforts to make the most of his issue advantage by rolling out a platform that suggest offshore drilling as the solution to EVERY American problem this election cycle.

Faced with obvious skepticism regarding this claim, the McCain camp quickly released the below map, showing the actual location of all his "American Solutions for America Wells"...

http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg10/JeffLieber/?action=view¤t=Picture1-3-2.png

Posted by: Candy McCaine | August 18, 2008 11:56 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

This reminds me of the years when, despite all the reporting that conclusively demonstrated that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, the public, by a comfortable margin, BELIEVED that they did. The same thing is happening now with off-shore drilling. Republicans know that there is NO amount of drilling domestically that can possibly have any impact upon prices, and they also know that all the world's economies have to start preparing for a post-petroleum future now, but they still would rather gain political leverage, putting off the difficult decisions, than face the uncomfortable truth

Posted by: dch | August 19, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

To drill or not to drill, That is the question? I still think Paris Hilton got it right on this one. Oil will continue to drop as the sure profits from speculation come out of this market. So if you are for drilling, got to http://www.bop-o-rama.com and bop Obama. If you are against drilling, bop McCain. If you are against Paris, give her a lick too.

"There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist." --Mark Twain

Posted by: acarponzo | August 19, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

DELUSIONAL POSTER ALERT!!!

Since Pres. Bush lifted the moratorium on drilling and the Republicans began their protest in Congress, oil prices have dropped by $35/barrel. The commodities market clearly sees the writing on the wall as both Obama and Nancy Pelosi are cracking under the pressure. It's only a matter of time before offshore drilling is a reality, and the oil market has already responded!

Posted by: Gary | August 19, 2008 1:59 AM


Gary, if you believe this nonsense, I've got some off shore holdings I can sell ya'!! THanks for the morning laugh though. Good one....the repubs are responsible for the price of oil dropping. That's a good one - where'd ya' hear it, Fox news?!

Posted by: Still laughin' | August 19, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, offshore drilling polls well with those uninformed or those that do not live in coastal communities. McCain is pandering pure and simple - neglecting the realities. Has he been pushing the phony line about no spills after Katrina. If so, he's a liar, there were over 100 spills as a result. Still think you're for it - come take a walk on our texas beaches, just don't forget the baby oil to remove all the residue when you're finished. McCain is running on pure image - definitely not substance because if you fact check his proposals and policies you'll see they stink to high heaven.

Posted by: jdb | August 19, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Does the phrase "stay-cation" ring a bell for you Repiglican idiots?


Oil prices have gone down because demand has gone down, PEOPLE ARE CUTTING BACK ON GAS CONSUMPTION BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO.
OIL PRICES ARE NOT GOING DOWN BECAUSE BLOWHARD MCCAIN AND HIS FELLOW NUTTY WINGNUTS ARE CRYING ABOUT DRILLING.


Of all the dumb things I hear Wingnuts say, their claim that their crying about drilling offshore for the pittance of oil that's out there is some how responsible for lowing the price of oil, is one of the dumbest.


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Since Pres. Bush lifted the moratorium on drilling and the Republicans began their protest in Congress, oil prices have dropped by $35/barrel. The commodities market clearly sees the writing on the wall as both Obama and Nancy Pelosi are cracking under the pressure. It's only a matter of time before offshore drilling is a reality, and the oil market has already responded!

Posted by: Gary | August 19, 2008 1:59 AM


Posted by: Charles Keating | August 19, 2008 5:15 AM | Report abuse

Mccain is a liar, cheater, and theif.

Mccain lied about just everything.

Mccain cheated during the faith forum.

Mccain stole his speech from Wikipedia and his cross story from another soldier at war.

Mccain would be a worst president than Bush. Vote against this loser if you want a chance.

Posted by: Blake | August 19, 2008 4:40 AM | Report abuse

Obama supporters don't trust anything Mccain or republicans say. We have experience 8 years of lies and tough talk and our economy is is shambles and where still fighting 2 war which hasn't made us safer. I will not vote for a party that lies, cheats, and steals speeches from Wikipedia. Mccain is low class, he has no morales and has the worst judgement and he's ignorant to the fact that Iraq was a disaster is a disaster but he wants to continue to stay putting us in a compromise situation because he wants to be the 3rd Bush term which we can't afford or need.

Posted by: Jack | August 19, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

MCCAIN SHOULD DRILL HOME WHY HE CHEATED AT THE FAITH FORUM. MCCAIN JUST CHEATED HIMSELF BECAUSE HIS SUPPORTERS ARE GOING TO WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT WELL PREPARED MCCAIN DURING A REAL DEBATE. THE OLD MCCAIN WILL SHOW UP AT A REAL DEBATE BECAUSE HE WOULDN'T KNOW THE QUESTIONS AND WILL BE HIS NORMAL, MISPRONOUNCING WORDS, AND FUMBLING AND STUDDERING WORDS SELF. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE REAL DEBATES AND SEE HOW WELL MCCAIN DRIVES THAT HOME WHEN HE WONT HAVE THE PRIVILEDGE TO ARRIVE LATE TO LISTEN TO THE QUESTIONS AND PREPARE FOR THEM.

Posted by: LEWIS | August 19, 2008 4:32 AM | Report abuse

Obama and his supporters are shockingly ignorant of the market dynamics of oil prices. Since Pres. Bush lifted the moratorium on drilling and the Republicans began their protest in Congress, oil prices have dropped by $35/barrel. The commodities market clearly sees the writing on the wall as both Obama and Nancy Pelosi are cracking under the pressure. It's only a matter of time before offshore drilling is a reality, and the oil market has already responded!

Posted by: Gary | August 19, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

McCain's drilling proposal is a joke and he's a moron...


The United States and its coastal areas have just 3% - THREE PERCENT - of the world's oil reserves. That's nothing, especially when you consider that we import 25% of the WORLD'S exports.


Oil companies don't drill unless a seismic survey shows it's pretty likely there's something there. This is particularly true for offshore drilling, which is incredibly expensive and difficult. So if the drilling ban is lifted, the oil companies usually WON'T drill even though they can.. because there is very little oil here in the US.


This drilling issue is a REPUBLICAN SMOKESCREEN that they're using as an excuse to take advantage of the American energy crisis. They are about to ruin our chance to get a renewable electricity generation system in place, which would be a disaster. So LET EM DRILL! They won't do it anyway (e.g. the 68 million acres of leases they refuse to drill on now).


In 10 years when the the GOPers have no excuse left on oil and oil prices, they will be forced to change or they will become 4th Party gadflies.

Posted by: ExxonMcCain | August 19, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

BOTH CANDIDATES MIGHT DO WELL TO LISTEN TO ANDREW BACEVICH.

Only rarely does someone surface with qualifications as well as insights and a delivery that stimulate thinking. Even more rarely does an individual stimulate the very personal mental articulation of self observation.

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/08/andrew-bacevich-rare-sobering-voice.html

Bacevich deserves as broad an audience as can be exposed to his thoughtful analysis.

Posted by: PacificGatePost | August 19, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

McCain, having convinced American's that selling more leases for offshore drilling will solve the energy crisis (even though there are no rigs to do said drilling and the oil companies already HAVE existing contracts that they've not explored and any meager price reductions will be fleeting and not materialize for close to a decade) John McCain is stepping up efforts to make the most of his issue advantage by rolling out a platform that suggest offshore drilling as the solution to EVERY American problem this election cycle.

Faced with obvious skepticism regarding this claim, the McCain camp quickly released the below map, showing the actual location of all his "American Solutions for America Wells"...

http://s244.photobucket.com/albums/gg10/JeffLieber/?action=view¤t=Picture1-3-2.png

Posted by: Candy McCaine | August 18, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

John Lewis: John McCain's Wise Man?

John McCain says he plans to consult with Democratic Rep. John Lewis when he's president. Someone should tell Lewis
Central in McCain's telling was John Lewis, a man of just 25 who was at the front of the march and absorbed the first blow. Millions of Americans, McCain noted, "watched brave John Lewis fall."

But even though McCain has now repeatedly cited Lewis as a role model and potential adviser, McCain has not established a relationship with the Georgia Democrat in the 22 years they have served in Congress together. At the time of McCain's Selma speech, a Lewis associate told my colleague David Corn that McCain has never been close to Lewis. Lewis was not told about McCain's speech in Selma in advance, nor was he invited to attend.

And there are, of course, the fundamental differences between John McCain's political philosophy and the goals of Lewis and his fellow marchers. Lewis hoped that the federal government would use its influence to protect the rights of disenfranchised individuals; he sought an expanded role for government because of what he believed was government's power to do good. It explains, in part, why Lewis is a Democrat today and supports Barack Obama for president. McCain, on the other hand, is a fanatical enemy of government spending and has said, "I've found over time that less government involvement is better." It's a philosophy that would have left Lewis and his cohorts out in the cold.

So why does John McCain promise to consult a man who he is not close to and has never consulted before?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

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